Claim Veterans PACT Act Benefits Before August 9th
Upcoming deadline for veterans who may have sustained injuries during their service
Last August, Congress passed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act into law. Named after a distinguished Ohio veteran who lost his life due to injuries sustained in service to our nation, the PACT Act expanded VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances and to veterans of the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras.
While the PACT Act represents the largest expansion of VA benefits in decades, millions of eligible veterans have yet to file their claims. August 9th is the last day for affected veterans to submit the “intent to file” to get back-dated benefits from August 10th, 2022. Under the PACT Act, veterans previously denied a toxic-exposure-related claim can file a new claim for the VA to review. Active-duty military personnel may also file a claim if they are within 180 days of discharge.
Post-9/11 combat veterans who were discharged over 10 years ago and are not enrolled in VA health care must enroll by October 1, 2023, to take advantage of the open enrollment period. Even if the veteran isn’t experiencing symptoms or doesn’t know if they have been exposed, they should seek out a VA-accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) free-of-charge and enroll in VA health care today.
Service men and women have selflessly put their lives on the line to safeguard our freedoms. It is our solemn duty to reciprocate that dedication by ensuring they receive the care, benefits, and respect they deserve. The PACT Act delivers on that duty.
For additional information, go to VA.Gov/PACT or call 1-800-698-2411.